Man accused of raping, killing 13-month-old girl arrested overnight in Pennsylvania

CONNEAUT, OH (WOIO) - After nearly a month on the run, police in Pennsylvania have captured Joshua Gurto overnight, the man accused of raping and murdering a 13-month-old Ohio girl.

Gurto, 37, was apprehended early Friday morning in Pittsburgh after residents in the area reported seeing him in the neighborhood recently. His arrest was announced on Facebook by Conneaut police.

Police say that someone was likely helping him during the time he was a fugitive.

According to police, Gurto was wanted for the rape and death of Sereniti Jazzlyn-Sky Blankenship-Sutley.

Conneaut police were called to a home on Clark Street earlier this month and found Sereniti in cardiac arrest. The child was rushed to University Hospital for treatment, but she died several hours later.

The coroner said she died of blunt force trauma to her head.

On Wednesday, Gurto was spotted on surveillance camera at a Sheetz store in Pittsburgh. That is when police and U.S. Marshal's shifted their search onto eastern Pennsylvania.

Police have not detailed how officers captured Gurto.

Stay with Cleveland 19 News for developments in Gurto's arrest.

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